Ball fields in Red Hook close due to lead

March 23, 2012 7:41:16 PM PDT
Elevated levels of lead forced four ball fields in Brooklyn to close temporarily.

Fields 5, 6, 7 and 8 at Red Hook Park were found to have elevated levels.

A baseball team of 10 year old boys had to find a different practice field at Red Hook Park after learning their usual ball field was closed by the Health and Parks Departments because of what's in the soil, elevated lead levels.

Coach Glenn Asaeda expressed his concern over the finding.

City officials say they're taking action by covering bare soil, reseeding parts of the outfield, and adding clay to the infield.

They say they'll close four ball fields for at least six weeks as they treat and assess the area.

But, should parents whose children played on these fields be worried?

A pediatrician says that the soil would have to be ingested.

Pediatrician Anatoly Belilovsky says it's unlikely anyone will suffer acute lead poisoning by playing on these fields, but he says parents should still monitor their kids' health.

As for this traveling baseball team, the players aren't too thrilled with their new ball field.

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